Psychonomic Science

, Volume 1, Issue 1–12, pp 337–338 | Cite as

The effect of interrupted sexual activity upon the well-rehearsed feeding response

  • Paul S. Siegel
  • Donald E. Jackson
Motivation and Preference


Adult male albino rats were given preliminary opportunity to engage in sexual interaction with the female and then trained to eat daily during a fixed two-hour interval. On test evenings, just prior to the regularly scheduled feeding period, each S was given interrupted sexual experience with a receptive female. A reliable diminution in subsequent food intake was observed. This finding was interpreted as possessing relevance to Cofer & Appley’s invigoration hypothesis.


Receptive Female Arousal Mechanism Control Treatment Treatment Daily Feeding Period Treatment Treatment Treatment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul S. Siegel
    • 1
  • Donald E. Jackson
    • 2
  1. 1.University of AlabamaUSA
  2. 2.Mary Washington CollegeUSA

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